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Handling Temptation

Handling Temptation

‘Keep your heart with all diligence…’  Proverbs 4:23 NKJV

We all have our battlegrounds; in some cases they’re things we surrendered to years ago that now lurk in our innermost thoughts: like the urge to go back to old destructive habits.

That’s why the Scriptures warn, ‘Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.’

Max Lucado writes: ‘I’m at a desk in a hotel room far from home. The voices that encourage are distant; the voices that entice are near. A placard on my nightstand invites me to the lounge “to make new friends in a relaxing atmosphere”. Another on top of the TV promises late-night movies that will “make all my fantasies come true”. In the phone book several columns of escort services offer “Love away from home”. Voices! Some for pleasure, some for power. The world hammers at your door; Jesus taps. The world promises fleshly pleasure; Jesus promises us a quiet dinner…with Him: ‘…I will come in and eat with him, and he with me’ (Revelation 3:20 NIV).

Which voice will you obey?

You ask, ‘How should I handle tempting situations?’

In two ways:

  • First, by filling your mind with Scripture so that your first response is always, ‘It is written.’
  • Second, by keeping your eyes on Jesus.

Lesley Durkin writes, ‘My father used to put a bit of meat on the floor near his dog and say, “No!” The dog never touched it. But he never looked at it either, because if he did the temptation to disobey would have been too great. He just kept looking at my father’s face.’

Keep your eyes on Jesus.

‘Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame’ (Psalms 34:5 NIV).

 

What Now?

Recognize the temptation or bad thoughts that is lurking in your mind right now. Grab it, throw it out of your head and replace your thoughts with inspiring and encouraging thoughts or verses from the Bible. Here’s some:

When excruciating waves of chronic pain and weakness are crashing over your head:

2 Corinthians 12:9“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
Hebrews 4:16“Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

When no one seems to understand, or even to care:

When life’s fears and insecurities gang up on you:

When your mood is dark:

When under powerful temptation:

When stung by your enemy’s false accusation:

When circumstances lead you to doubt God:

When gripped by unrelenting anger and even hatred:

When you are famished of soul, longing for purity and righteousness:

Bible Character and Stores that might encourage you. Click here
Verses When God Test Man. Click here
Other Inspirational Verses on Temptation. Click Here
Additional Reading Plan on Temptation. Click Here
Reading Plan on Drugs & Alcohol. Click Here
Read More Here

 

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November 11th, 2013

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